Wall Care

June 9, 2011 by  

How To Clean A Chalkboard Painted  Wall

Chalkboard walls are tons of fun!!chalkboard wall

But they are also  messy!  Something I didn’t really think about when I painted two different walls with chalkboard paint.

The kitchen

chalkboard wall

The Entryway

chalkboard wall

I was getting ready for my son’s graduation party and had just finished painting the chalkboard walls two days before. I knew I had to do something to “cure” them.

Preparing the Chalkboard

1) Painting – 3 coats.  Make sure to measure the area you are going to paint to make sure you have plenty of chalkboard paint. The quart went pretty far, I still have some left after all I did.  Follow the directions on the can.

2) Cure – After it has completely dried.  Chalk up the entire board.  It is easiest to use the side of the chalk.

cure chalkboard

3) Erase and Use

How To Clean Your Chalkboard.

I’m sure you have lovely drawings all over your chalkboard

chalkboard wall 2

1) Erase using a chalkboard eraser. (Actually I grabbed a wipe board eraser at the store instead, so I still have to buy one)

erasing a chalkboard I wish you could have seen the chalkboard dust flying while this process was going on.

erasing the chalkboardGuess what you have now?  You have a lot of chalk dust all over your baseboard and floor.

chalkboard dustThen of course if it isn’t cleaned right away you have the kids and dogs walking through and tracking the chalkboard dust.  (not that I would know)

chalkboard dust

Now that you have erased everything, it is going to look something like this.

chalkboard wall I am guessing it would have come a little cleaner with an actual blackboard eraser rather than the dry erase eraser that we used, but you will still have chalk residue either way.

2) Use a rag and wet it, but be sure to wring it out good.

Wipe the wall down and let it dry.  It will still have a film on it when it dries.

clean chalkboard

3) Use a little bit of mild dish detergent or liquid soap and wipe it down again.

washing chalkboard wall

4) Rinse it with clean water again.

It should look much better.  Mine wasn’t quite dry when I took the picture, so there are a few streaks.

clean chalkboard


Suggestions if you decide to have a chalkboard wall in your home:

1) Have a dust buster near by
2) Realize it will get messy, so plan where you put your chalkboard wall
3) Use chalkboard markers only.
Although I found them to be much harder to use on a vertical wall. I had to go over the wording several times when I was writing the Congrats Tim on the front wall.
4) If you have children with allergies, consider the chalk dust first.
5) Plan ahead and it will still be fun.
6) If you can’t stand dust or mess…really consider your options before you paint a chalkboard wall in your home.






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15 Responses to “Wall Care”
  1. Hence the reason I put it outside.

  2. Sandy says:

    LOL.. I get that!

  3. lol, good tips! I’ve been seeing these all over the internet, and I know my son would LOVE this. However, I just don’t think I could tolerate the chalk dust mess!! (although I do tolerate other things for some reason.) :-)

  4. Van says:

    Chalkboard Markers! So those leave no dust? I must look into these? I’d love a chalkboard wall, but I’m waiting ’til I move to a bigger apartment. I have to dust my little one enough as it is! :)

  5. Sandy says:

    LOL. Yes the chalkboard markers work well for adults. I don’t know if little ones would have as good of luck with them. Writing down onto something is easy. Writing on a vertical wall is a little more challenging. Just doesn’t go on as easy. But that is what I’ll use on my front hallway chalkboard to write greetings etc…

  6. Shyla says:

    We skip over the eraser part and go right for the wet cloth. I have been looking inot chalkboard markers and have heard mixed reviews about how they work on chalkboard paint. Can anyone give me an opinion on them?


  7. Sandy says:

    I think I agree with you on the wet cloth Shyla. After doing it several times I think it helps cut down on the dust. I can tell you that I can still see where I wrote Congrats Tim on my on chalkboard wall from the markers. I have not had time to use a little soap and go back over to try and get it off yet.

  8. Brandi says:

    Do I need to “condition” the wall after I wipe it off? What does the conditioning do?

  9. Sandy says:

    From what I understand it helps the chalk to adhere better. If you don’t condition it… then your chalk doesn’t work well on it.

  10. Kat says:

    Hey, I was looking for a way to clean my chalkboard which is a full size bedroom wall. I read your tips, I used my swifter and the swifter wet wipes to wipe down the wall. Then I used a little dish soap like you suggested on another we wipe. It made it extremely easy to get up high and down low so I could clean the whole wall. And too clean of the dish soap I took a damp hand towel and put it on the swifter a clean it off. I took only 5 mins to do all of it and my wall is suppper clean

  11. amanda says:

    So, you’ve been okay with chalk markers? Mine leave permanent wax-like “ghost letters” aka, the color washes off but the residue is really noticeable. Has anyone expereienced this or figure out how to get it off? I ended up just repainting it and haven’t used it since!

  12. Angie says:

    I used a Mr. Clean Eraser to remove the chalk marker “ghost letters” & it worked very well.

  13. Jill says:

    I have the “ghost letters” from the chalk markers. I conditioned the paint before using them. I will try the mr. Clean eraser. Does it take the paint off

  14. Jackie says:

    I’m planning on using the chalk markers for my wedding table numbers I painted several 5×7 glass picture frames with the chalkboard paint. So I only plan on using them once. Do I need to condition the chalkboard if I plan on using the chalk markers?


  15. Nancy says:

    The easiest way I found to clean a chalk board without all the dust and dampness of a wet cloth is Pledge furniture polish. I thought I wouldn’t be able to write on it afterwards. Surprise! It worked. Looked great. Streak free and smelled good too.

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